Gingerbread Cake and Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cake and Cupcakes

Do you love the cozy, warm spice of gingerbread in baked goods? If so, you're sure to be delighted by this delicious gingerbread cake and cupcake recipe! Nothing quite captures the warmth and comfort of the holiday season like fragrant, spicy gingerbread treats. Today we’re going on a delightful journey into all things gingerbread—from classic cakes to creative cupcakes and more. So get your kitchen in order, visit the market and get what you need and let’s bake together!

gingerbread cupcake with icing and gingerbread cookie

Hey honey, try this new twist on an old classic

Our Honey-infused Gingerbread Cake hits the spot as the crisp autumn air sets in; my taste buds long for those comforting dishes that remind me of home. And who better to inspire this delectable treat than my talented pastry chef mother, with her love of baking? Gingerbread holds a special place in my heart, thanks to my memories of my mother's baking. It's become a cherished tradition for me to whip up this delightful dessert as soon as the temperatures drop. The perfect blend of warmth and sweetness – a gingerbread magic that will win your family over all season long! What I do differently than my mother, is exchange the sugar in her recipe with honey. Baking with honey (up to a cup) is a breeze and as for the honey varietal, if you ask me, the darker the better (try buckwheat honey when we have it.) 

fresh baked round gingerbread cake recipe cut into 8 pieces topped with powdered sugar on top of parchment on wooden table surrounded by raw ingredients for muriel's gingerbread recipe

Gingerbread, Your Way

Get creative with how you bake this gingerbread cake! Whether you prefer baking cupcakes, or baking in a loaf pan (to resemble bread), or bake it in a pie plate (as shown), the choice is yours. I personally made a batch of delightful cupcakes and shared them with my colleagues at work and had a blast making gingerbread cookies at the same time! To add the perfect finishing touch, I topped off the cupcakes with creamy buttercream icing and a cute little gingerbread man. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy the deliciousness! Served with a side of love

if you opt to bake the whole loaf or cake, my favorite way to garnish this gingerbread cake is with whipped heavy cream, add a couple of tablespoons of Grand Mariner, and a teaspoon of raw honey. This topping will melt right into the cake, making it even more moist and delicious. Vanilla ice cream works fine too.

This moist, cake-like gingerbread is the perfect pair for a cup of warm tea or coffee. The mixture of spices warms you up even on the most chilly autumn nights and excited your tastebuds.

In a hurry? Try a mix

Side note: Right after I graduated from college, and before I knew anything about cooking I would pick up a box of Hodgson Mill Gingerbread Mix and throw in some orange zest, a little honey some fresh ground ginger to doctor it up a bit. It wasn't half bad for a boxed mix but it appears to be discontinued. Today, I would try this one instead!

ingredients for making gingerbread cake

How to Make Gingerbread Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease two 9-inch round cake pans with butter.
  • Place butter in a large bowl and stir until creamy.
  • Add honey and molasses, and mix until smooth.
  • Sift flour into a large bowl.
  • Stir in ginger, arrowroot powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace.
  • Zest the orange.
  • Cut the orange in half and squeeze juice to yield about 4 tablespoons.
  • Add it to the zest in a small bowl.
  • Fold in flour mixture along with warm milk, Grand Marnier, eggs, orange juice, and zest. Mix until smooth. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  • Fill prepared pans with batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out of the cake clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then slice and serve with powdered sugar or whipped cream topping, if desired. If you made cupcakes, buttercream icing and a small gingerbread cookie garnish is really cute!

Spice up your Gingerbread with honey

Feeling adventurous? Play around with the ingredients in your gingerbread. There's lots of room for experimentation with a simple recipe like this! Here are some of our favorite tricks:

  • Dust with powdered sugar instead of an icing
  • Add chopped craisins to the batter before baking
  • Drizzle with Cashew Cream Icing when the bread is cool
  • Play with the type of honey! Orange Blossom honey and Cranberry Honey would pair lovely with the spices and orange used in this recipe.
  • Make these gingerbread cookies to decorate the cake!

I hope this recipe has made you as eager to bake the most delicious gingerbread as I was all those years ago in my mother's kitchen.

The aroma of spices and cinnamon will fill your home, dancing in the air and inviting everyone to try a slice. I think even the Grinch would be won over by a baking tray of gingerbread! To make sure you get the full authentic experience, I suggest you follow recipes from books used by generations of bakers: one with traditional family secrets passed on from generation to generation or one that gives modern baked goods a special twist. This ideal winter treat can be enjoyed for any occasion or just because. So go ahead, give it a try and share it with your family!

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Gingerbread Cake Recipe made with Honey

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About the Author

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learning about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more. Read more about Kara